Raising the Awareness of the Psychological Immune System

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Aside from instinctual actions, behaviors are largely driven by emotion, where action can be driven by the emotional state at the time. In the same vein, individuals are susceptible to being attached to a construct, whether it is a tangible object or an idea, which then becomes detrimental in terms of rationality to their cognitive behavior—but it is not the sole factor for why and how an individual may act a certain way. The surrounding environment is an important factor in how a certain behavior may appear in an individual. A distinctive attribute or aspect of an environment creates the inducement and encouragement to be engaged in a particular kind of behavior; the incentive does not originate from a certain type of individual, contrary to popular belief. Collectively, human beings are quick to identify or react to slight changes, signals, or influences in their environment, and it is due to this that they are easily provoked to partake in particular actions. The perception of the world around a human being, the immediate environment, has an enormous influence on the way that people may behave. Malcolm Gladwell, in his essay of “The Power of Context: Bernie Goetz and the Rise and Fall of New York City Crime,” expresses the idea of how an individual can easily get away with a crime because of being manipulated by not only their emotions, but also their environment. He discusses Goetz’s feeling of “embitterness” due to his surroundings and events that have occurred earlier
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